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‘Feast of Flowers’ garden tour in Hollis on June 21

HOLLIS – The Colonial Garden Club will hold a tour of eight unique gardens from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 21, with the theme “A Feast of Flowers.”

Held once every five years, the garden tour is a major fundraiser for the club. Proceeds from the tour are used to provide spring and fall plantings around the Hollis Social Library, Town Hall, the Town Common, the Always Ready Engine House Museum and the Lucie Beebe Garden. ...

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HOLLIS – The Colonial Garden Club will hold a tour of eight unique gardens from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 21, with the theme “A Feast of Flowers.”

Held once every five years, the garden tour is a major fundraiser for the club. Proceeds from the tour are used to provide spring and fall plantings around the Hollis Social Library, Town Hall, the Town Common, the Always Ready Engine House Museum and the Lucie Beebe Garden.

It also funds the purchase of wreaths and greens to decorate town buildings for the holidays, provide scholarships and donate money to other community projects.

With its beautiful scenic views and rolling hills, this is the second time Suzie Greco’s garden will be included in the tour. She has lived in her Pepperell, Mass., home for 17 years.

Greco replaced concrete walkways with granite and bluestone. By her estimate, 100 tons of rocks were brought in or moved to create the stone walls. The front of the house has a water fountain and a bench. Out back is a pergola, with a view of conservation land.

“I have many botanic gardens here, and all-season plantings,” she said. “There isn’t a season that goes bare.”

There are berry gardens – blueberries, black raspberries, and blackberries –
with stonework all around. A dry streambed solves some of her water problems, complete with bog plants and a little bridge.

Another garden featured on the tour is Laura Kozel’s at 15 Oakwood Drive, with its hardscape and shade gardens. Her property is on the side of a hill and features a long series of walls and plantings.

“We just moved here three years ago and inherited a beautiful garden from the previous owner,” Kozel said.

“Now I have a lot more yard, and am trying to make it low maintenance, with less weeding. I’m trying to fill in the open ground, and hope people on the tour can give me some advice.”

Recipients of this year’s club scholarships are Erik Nadeau, who plans to study environmental law at the University of Chicago, and Cole
Gallaut, who will study forestry at the University of Maine.

In the last year, the club also has helped fund several Eagle Scout projects, purchased a tree and garden-related books for the Hollis Social Library, supported the Beaver Brook Nature Center and planted shrubs at Town Hall.

Meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month from September until June and are open to the public.

The tour will be held rain or shine.